Assisted Dying : An Ethnographic Murder Mystery on Florida's Gold Coast
Assisted Dying is an ethnographically-based murder mystery that uses the unexplained deaths of elderly people on Florida's Gold Coast to examine American cultural values. Diversity, immigration and the American Dream, and aging, retirement, death, and dying are just some of the issues illuminated. The novel skillfully draws readers in, teaching students key concepts in the social sciences as they follow cultural anthropologist Julie Norman in her quest to solve the dark mystery.
- Paperback | 220 pages
- 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
- 15 May 2015
- AltaMira Press,U.S.
- California, United States
Serena Nanda and Joan Gregg take us on an exquisite ethnographic journey through the Gold Coast of Florida. The anthropologist in their story discovers an age-stratified, social class-ranked, ethnically diverse world where no one walks and everyone drives. Meanwhile, lurking in the shadows is a mass murderer in a white coat. This riveting novel and social critique is a page-turner that will keep you on edge right to the very end. -- Douglas A. Feldman, professor of anthropology, The College at Brockport, State University of New York; president-elect, Society for Medical Anthropo The novel offers a pleasant learning experience, no small feat... [Assisted Dying] shares a crucial message: engaged anthropology offers not only edifying insight into one's own place in the social universe but also delivers useful perspectives on concrete social issues. General Anthropology
About Serena Nanda
Serena Nanda is professor emeritus of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Joan Gregg is professor emeritus of English literature at New York City Technical College, CUNY. Their first collaborative murder mystery, The Gift of a Bride, was published by AltaMira Press in 2009.